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AIDS scientist sentenced to prison for vaccine research fraud - Merck fraudsters remain unpunished

7/6/2015 - A scientist from Iowa State University who admitted to lying about the efficacy of a vaccine he helped develop for the AIDS virus has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison, according to new reports. Dong-Pyou Han, 58, recently confessed to altering blood samples to make it seem as though...

EXCLUSIVE: Why SB 277 will totally backfire on the vaccine industry and uncover the truth about vaccine science fraud

7/2/2015 - One of the reasons vaccine propagandists are so cognitively impaired is because they've all been partially brain damaged by the very same vaccines they keep pushing on everyone else. As a result, not a single one of them had yet come to realize how they've painted themselves into a corner with SB 277. In...

Merck mumps vaccines are a total fraud: Company can only provide the courts with efficacy data from 50 years ago

6/14/2015 - A pair of former Big Pharma scientists have accused their former employer, Merck & Co., of falsifying tests of an exclusive mumps vaccine in recently filed court papers, charges they say the pharmaceutical giant has yet to answer. Lawyers at Constantine Cannon, the firm representing the scientists,...

Merck vaccines kill two babies in Mexico, injure dozens more

5/15/2015 - At least two children are dead and several dozen others are in critical condition after terrorists wielding weapons of mass destruction violently assaulted the young innocents living in the Mexican state of Chiapas, according to reports. No, it wasn't dirty bombs planted by jihadists or airplanes...

Merck vaccine sales surge after over-hyped Disneyland measles fiasco - Was it all contrived?

5/7/2015 - There is nothing like a contrived "health emergency" to boost Big Pharma's sales. As the measles "crisis" that officials believe originated at Disneyland in California built in momentum earlier this year, traditional health care providers urged scores of their patients to get vaccinated. Many of...

Paul Offit's vaccine lies deconstructed: A mind-blowing interview with Dr. Suzanne Humphries

4/10/2015 - Suzanne Humphries, MD, is an internal medicine and kidney specialist who received conventional medical education. After seeing mainstream doctors and hospital staff categorically ignore routine vaccine injuries occurring in her patients, Dr. Humphries began researching vaccine science which validated...

Doctor faked AIDS vaccine research just to get federal money -- vaccine fraud happens more often then you might think

3/30/2015 - A former Iowa State University scientist who was indicted for faking the results of vaccine trials has pleaded guilty to misconduct, according to new reports. Dr. Dong Pyou Han admitted in a resignation letter that he is "very ashamed" of himself for lying about the effectiveness of an experimental...

The CDC's censored statistics: How many children infected by measles were already vaccinated against measles?

3/17/2015 - Just recently during a five-week period in 2015, in fact, from January 1 to February 6, 121 people from 17 states were reported to have measles. In 2013, according to the World Health Organization, there were more than 145,000 measles deaths globally, which equates to about 400 deaths every day. If...

Merck's mumps vaccine clinical tests were totally fabricated, say scientists

3/11/2015 - The mainstream media have been tireless in their recent efforts to discredit and demonize those who dare question the safety or efficacy of vaccines, and particularly those who choose not to have their children vaccinated. What seems obvious now is that an honest dialogue on the subject seems nearly...

Flashback: Merck created hit list to 'destroy,' 'neutralize' or 'discredit' dissenting doctors

3/2/2015 - Merck made a "hit list" of doctors who criticized Vioxx, according to testimony in a Vioxx class action case in Australia. The list, emailed between Merck employees, contained doctors' names with the labels "neutralise," "neutralised" or "discredit" next to them. (Story by Jim Edwards, republished from...

Evidence emerges that measles outbreaks are deliberately encouraged by Big Pharma to ignite vaccine hysteria

2/5/2015 - While the mainstream media is busy making a mockery of itself with runaway hysteria "witch hunt" hate speech against parents who choose not to poison their children with toxic vaccines, the real story on the measles outbreak remains entirely unreported in any mainstream media outlet. What story is...

Merck senior management tried to pay off its own vaccine scientists to remain silent about scientific fraud

2/2/2015 4:44:02 PM - As the corporate media desperately attempts to dupe as many people as possible into getting MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines for the protection of "the children," uncovered court documents revealing major vaccine fraud at Merck & Co., the multinational drug company that produces MMR vaccines...

Dr. Julie Gerberding oversaw historic mumps vaccine fraud cover-up

2/2/2015 4:43:35 PM - We would like to think that vaccines are created for the general well-being of the public, but sometimes they just aren't effective enough to pass safety standards. What's worse is that head vaccine officials are willing to falsify data and lie about vaccine efficacy only to bypass safety review...

Merck vaccine scientist threatened with jail time for trying to expose massive vaccine data manipulation and fraud

2/2/2015 - A Merck vaccine scientist was threatened with jail time for trying to expose the outright scientific fraud and data falsification being used by the vaccine industry to make its faulty products appear to work even when they don't, according to a document filed with the United States government. Former...

MMR measles vaccine clinical trial results FAKED by Big Pharma - shocking U.S. court documents reveal all

1/25/2015 - While the vaccine industry is exploiting the Disneyland measles outbreak to call for widespread MMR vaccination, nobody in the mainstream media is telling you how the MMR vaccine clinical trial results were faked by Big Pharma in yet another example of runaway scientific fraud by the vaccine industry. According...

Why is Australia's vaccine mafia desperately trying to silence this brilliant scientific researcher?

1/13/2015 - Australia's vaccine zealots are the most rabid extremist wing of the vaccine medical mafia, and they've engaged in tactics like issuing death threats to vaccine educators to try to silence them. Now, they're trying to get the Australian government to ban the travel visa of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a pro-informed-consent...

Chinese government suspends Hepatitis B vaccines after 8 horrific infant deaths

12/9/2014 - The Chinese government has temporarily halted the administration of a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) vaccine for newborn babies following the horrific deaths of eight infants over the past several months. Reports out of Shanghai indicate that millions of doses of hepatitis B vaccine produced...

Ebola vaccine to be manufactured by criminal drug company with felony record; rushed to market with near-zero safety testing

8/11/2014 - While the world of conventional medicine lines up to profit from the Ebola panic, there is no mention anywhere in the mainstream media of the criminal corporation behind the Ebola vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline, now being celebrated by the pro-pharma press, is the same company that also has a proven criminal...

Irrefutable proof that Big Pharma is a criminal racket: Bribery, scientific fraud, felony crimes and more

7/20/2014 - Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples...

Merck issues mass recall of Gardasil vaccines over glass shard contaminants

5/27/2014 - Nearly three-quarters of a million doses of Merck & Co.'s Gardasil vaccine for HPV and cervical cancer have been recalled following the discovery that they may be contaminated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which actively promotes the vaccine for 11- and 12-year-old boys...

Former Merck doctor predicts Gardasil will become 'greatest medical scandal of all time'

4/27/2014 - A top physician who used to work for drug giant Merck & Co., creator of the Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer, has made some groundbreaking public admissions about the dangers and ineffectiveness of this controversial jab. During a recent interview with the French magazine Principes de Sante, Dr....

Yet another vaccine researcher caught faking research; vaccine industry riddled with scientific fraud

12/27/2013 - Yet another vaccine researcher has been caught faking research on a bogus AIDS vaccine, adding to the pattern of scientific fraud and criminality that characterizes the modern-day vaccine industry. Dr. Dong-Pyou Han from Iowa State University has resigned this week after admitting he spiked rabbit blood...

Merck betting $100 million on new China-based pharmaceutical factory

11/27/2013 - A recent Rueters article covered Merck's plan to invest $108 million for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant to be up and running in China by 2017. This announcement is motivated partly by the anticipation of China's annual sick-care spending to soar into the 1 trillion dollar range from 2011's 357...

Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists

11/11/2013 - Disclaimer: I am not an opponent of the theory of inoculation. Nor am I opposed to science. What I am opposed to is fraudulent science, and that's what this article is all about. Measles and mumps are making a huge comeback in the United States, but doctors and journalists all make the same critical...

Merck vaccine developer admits vaccines routinely contain hidden cancer viruses derived from diseased monkeys

9/8/2013 - If you haven't yet realized the truth about how vaccines contain hidden cancer viruses, prepare yourself to be shocked by the admission you're about to hear. Decades ago, one of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry -- a Merck scientist -- made a recording where...

The top twelve TED talks coming soon from Obama, Merck, Kim Jong-Un, Tyson Foods and other leaders in humanitarian thinking (satire)

9/5/2013 - You may have heard by now that the much-ballyhooed "TED" group is censoring scientists who discuss consciousness. The idea that you are a conscious being with free will is apparently just too much for the TED organization to stomach. They prefer to be stuck in the materialism view of reality that took...

Merck slapped with $285,000 verdict over faulty Fosamax osteoporosis drug

8/8/2013 - Drug maker Merck & Co., creator of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, has been ordered to pay $285,000 to a New York woman for injuries resulting from its osteoporosis drug, Fosamax. The U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled that Merck failed to warn the woman about the potential side...

Young woman's ovaries destroyed by Gardasil: Merck 'forgot to research' effects of vaccine on female reproduction

8/6/2013 - A newly-published study has revealed that Merck & Co., the corporate mastermind behind the infamous Gardasil vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), conveniently forgot to research the effects of this deadly vaccine on women's reproductive systems. And at least one young woman, in this case from Australia,...

Total domination: Merck sues Indian generic drug company to halt competition for lucrative diabetes drug market

7/2/2013 - The second most populated country in the world, India, has become a vicious battleground for competing interests within the pharmaceutical industry that are trying to gain control of the drug market. And one of the latest legal feuds has been initiated by U.S.-based drug giant Merck & Co., creator of...

Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record

7/9/2012 - Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples...

Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists; company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit

6/28/2012 - Breaking news: According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 -- a complaint which has just now been unsealed -- vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted...

Former Merck scientists file suit against Merck under False Claims Act

6/26/2012 - On April 27, 2012, a formal complaint was filed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Federal District Court accusing Merck of a longstanding scheme to mislead and defraud Government health authorities worldwide. Two of Merck's former employees have accused the pharmaceutical giant of marketing multivalent MMR...

Merck's deceptive new entertainment product campaign pushes drugs like candy on young children

6/22/2012 10:35:39 AM - The same multinational drug company responsible for thrusting the Gardasil vaccine on masses of young boys and girls is now targeting children with a deceptive new advertising campaign that likens allergy medication to candy. Adweek and others are reporting that Merck & Co. has leeched itself onto...

Pfizer and Merck under investigation for colluding with Obama Administration on health care overhaul

5/9/2012 - Most Americans have no idea what truly went on behind closed doors during the crafting and illegitimate passing of Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But a congressional investigation currently underway is seeking to unearth the dirty details, including how drug...

Merck ordered to pay $321 million criminal fine for illegally marketing Vioxx painkiller

4/26/2012 - Drug giant Merck & Co., creator of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, has been ordered by a federal judge in Boston, Mass., to fork over $321 million in criminal fines for illegally marketing Vioxx, a dangerous painkiller drug that was pulled from the market in 2004 because taking the...

Merck baldness drugs destroy sperm, cause infertility and ejaculation disorders, even after you stop using them

4/14/2012 - Hey, men! Looking for a way to ruin your sex life and become infertile? Try Propecia or Proscar, two drugs from the vaccine giant Merck, whose top vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman already admitted that Merck's vaccines contained "stealth viruses" that cause cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/033584_Dr_Maurice_Hilleman_SV40.html). Now,...

Microsoft buys eugenics technology from Merck, becomes drug development partner with top global vaccine manufacturer

2/2/2012 - When you buy Microsoft products, you are now promoting the pharmaceutical industry and its global vaccine agenda. That's the new reality in which we live, where the world's largest software company is "in bed" with the world's largest vaccine pusher. How so? In 2009, Microsoft purchased a key piece...

The HPV vaccine - what do you really know about it?

10/14/2011 - If you are considering vaccinating your child with an HPV vaccine, what information have you read, and what questions have you asked?What do you KNOW about the human papillomaviruses (HPV) which the medical profession says causes cervical cancer? If you are going to vaccinate your child on the word...

Did Merck buy off California legislators who voted to pass AB499 vaccination consent bill?

10/12/2011 - After months of quietly making its way through both the California House of Representatives and the Senate, Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) has now officially been signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill allows for children as young as 12 to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases...

Merck vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman admitted presence of SV40, AIDS and cancer viruses in vaccines

9/15/2011 - One of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry -- a Merck scientist -- made a recording where he openly admits that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses. In response, his colleagues (who are also recorded here) break out...

BMJ had secret financial ties to Merck during publication of articles attacking Wakefield

9/7/2011 - When a corrupt medical group wants to discourage dissidence from within, it targets a high profile figure to disgrace. This intimidates others from doing the right thing if it disrupts the lies and profits of Big Pharma. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was a high profile scapegoat, smeared with lies from the...

Gardasil presents elevated risks for sexually active women and expectant mothers

1/25/2011 - In the face of increasing reports of adverse events and death rates that are 400% higher than other vaccines, Merck continues to maintain that its controversial Gardasil vaccine is safe and continues to push for wider use. One group Merck would especially like to gain approval for is older women (currently,...

Merck Sponsored Study Returns Dubious Gardasil Autoimmune Safety Results

10/25/2010 - A new Merck funded study has concluded that Merck's controversial Gardasil HPV vaccine poses no risk for developing autoimmune conditions. The conclusions come as no surprise to those who have seen self-serving results from previous Merck funded studies, many of which were later proven false or misleading....

Are mandatory vaccinations acts of violence against children?

2/20/2010 - This article refers to the parody cartoon found at (http://www.naturalnews.com/028211_vaccines_Merck.html). This parody cartoon grew out of the idea that vaccines are "shots" that are being increasingly forced upon children and teens. At times, these vaccines are enforced at gunpoint or with the presence...

Merck Sat on Data Showing Vioxx Risks for Years Before Pulling Drug

1/15/2010 - A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has revealed that information about heart risks from pharmaceutical giant Merck's Vioxx drug was available in 2000, four years before the Merck pulled the drug from the market. Because the information was not published and made public, Merck...

2009 in review: A year of FDA censorship, Big Pharma crimes and celebrity drug deaths

1/1/2010 - 2009 has been a crazy year for health and medicine. It was the year that Congress rammed through a mandatory health "reform" bill that violates the U.S. Constitution in forcing all Americans to buy government-mandated products and services from greedy corporations. Although it hasn't been signed into...

Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division (opinion)

12/22/2009 - You've heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant "revolving door" through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through...

Merck ignored evidence for four years that Vioxx had deadly heart risks

12/8/2009 - Pharmaceutical manufacturers would never knowingly withhold, gloss over or otherwise ignore evidence that any of their drugs could be killing people, right? Wrong. Take the case of Big Pharma giant Merck -- the company kept a dangerous drug, Vioxx, on the market for years as tens of thousands died from...

Merck's Vioxx scandal widens: Drug maker knew Vioxx was deadly for years before risk was made public (opinion)

11/25/2009 - The Vioxx scandal widened this week as new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that Vioxx maker Merck held data for three years that proved Vioxx caused an alarming increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And yet Merck chose not to release that data. In fact, it...

Who got to Dr. Diane Harper? Cervical cancer researcher retracts story warning about HPV vaccines (opinion)

10/12/2009 - Last week, NaturalNews reported public statements attributed to Dr. Diane Harper, a researcher who worked on both the Gardasil and Cevarix vaccines. A story appearing in the UK paper Sunday Express, entitled "Jab as deadly as the cancer," quoted Dr. Harper as saying the cervical cancer vaccine might...

Activist Groups that Fund Pharma Try to Regulate Silver as a Pesticide (Opinion)

10/7/2009 - It was revealed that a handful of the activist agencies which were behind the petition to the EPA to regulate nano-silver as a pesticide received funding from pharmaceutical giant Merck, which annually has hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from patented antibiotics which colloidal silver poses...

Merck Blockbuster Diabetes Drug: Januvia Linked to Pancreatitis

10/5/2009 - U.S. health officials said on Friday they suspect Merck`s blockbuster diabetes drug Januvia to be linked to pancreatitis, a potentially fatal condition marked by serious inflammation of the pancreas. As might be expected, Merck company officials disputed the connection. According to the Food and...

Merck employees had "hit list" of doctors they sought to "neutralize", court documents reveal (opinion)

9/28/2009 - Previously secret documents that surfaced at a Vioxx court case in April of this year reveal pharmaceutical giant Merck maintained a "hit list" of doctors to be "neutralized" for speaking out against Vioxx. Although this story was reported on NaturalNews and other sites in April, Merck's involvement...

Shut Up or Be Discredited: Merck Threatens Doctors Critical of Their Drugs

6/10/2009 - According to an article in The Australian by Milanda Rout, the folks at Merck are threatening the livelihoods of doctors who dare to have negative opinions about its drugs. Apparently, this fact was revealed in a very interesting e-mail that surfaced in a federal courtroom in Melbourne during a class...

Merck Targets Low Income and Minority Women in HPV Vaccine Study

9/25/2008 - Merck, manufacturer of the controversial Gardasil vaccine, has awarded a research grant of $79,000.00 to two Indiana University Kelley School of Business professors to study the effect of two interventions on acceptance of the HPV vaccination among low-income and minority women, according to a press...

Liver-Damaging Effects of Cholesterol Drug Zetia Hidden by Merck, FDA Documents Reveal

9/4/2008 - Documents on the FDA Web site reveal that pharmaceutical companies Merck and Schering-Plough conducted numerous safety studies on the popular cholesterol drug Zetia but did not publish the results, which suggested that the drug may cause liver damage when mixed with statins. Zetia is a trade name...

Merck Delayed Release of Clinical Study Revealing Failure of Vytorin Cholesterol Drug

8/18/2008 - The long-awaited release of the results from a clinical trial of Merck and Schering-Plough's cholesterol drug Vytorin has renewed allegations that the companies deliberately delayed in making the study data public. "It is easy to conclude that Merck and Schering-Plough intentionally sought to delay...

Merck Pushing for Over-The-Counter Approval for Statin Drug Mevacor

7/24/2008 - For the third time, Merck is seeking FDA approval for over-the-counter sale of its cholesterol-lowering statin medication lovastatin, marketed under the brand name Mevacor. An FDA advisory panel voted against approving the drug for over-the-counter use on December 14, 2007. The recommendations of...

FDA Report Exposes Troubles at Merck Vaccine Plant

5/1/2008 - A new FDA report, obtained and brought to the attention of the public by Karl Stark of the Philadelphia Inquirer and available to anyone via the federal Freedom of Information Action Act (FOIA), reveals that a Merck vaccine plant located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was cited for 49 items, including...

Merck Plant Dumps Vaccine Waste and Chemicals Into Water Supply

4/29/2008 - Merck, the maker of the very controversial Gardasil vaccine, has a pharmaceutical plant located in West Point, Pennsylvania, that discards pollutants from this facility into the Upper Gwynedd Township Publicly Owned Treatment Works (UGT POTW), according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice....

Merck Now Hyping Gardasil for Older Women

4/20/2008 - Pharmaceutical corporation Merck & Co., Inc., is advertising the results of a recent trial that found its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil to be effective in women between the ages of 25 and 45. HPV is a common virus group, the members of which are responsible for a variety of health conditions...

Merck Caught in Massive Scientific Fraud as In-House Authors were Disguised as Independent Scientists (opinion)

4/18/2008 - Drug giant Merck has been caught red-handed in a scheme to deceive the FDA and the public over the integrity of its scientific studies, say top medical authorities. According to reports that were (amazingly!) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and detailed in the Washington...

New York Sues Merck over Vioxx Fraud

2/15/2008 - The city and state of New York have filed a joint lawsuit against Merck & Company for deliberately concealing the dangers of its painkiller Vioxx, thereby defrauding public health programs out of millions of dollars in prescription costs. "Merck's irresponsible and duplicitous conduct endangered...

Why Merck Lost Its 3rd Bid to Sell Mevacor Over the Counter

2/4/2008 - An expert panel working with the FDA recently voted 10 to 2 against approving Merck's statin drug Mevacor for over-the-counter (OTC) sales. The FDA could potentially ignore this recent vote and approve Merck's request but this is not a likely scenario considering the results of a recent Merck sponsored...

Merck Committed Scientific Fraud in Delays, Distortions of Vytorin Drug Trial (opinion)

1/16/2008 - (NaturalNews opinion) The latest round of scientific fraud from Big Pharma arrives in the form of yet more junk science conducted by Merck on its blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin. Results of a clinical trial involving the drug were finally released this week, nearly two years after they were known...

Merck Engaged in Blatant Scientific Fraud with Vytorin Cholesterol Study? (opinion)

1/11/2008 - (NaturalNews Editorial) It's no surprise these days to hear about a pharmaceutical company committing scientific fraud and distorting clinical trials to get the results they want, but it's unusual to see it done as blatantly and arrogantly as what you're about to see here. In June, 2002, Merck and...

Merck set up offshore accounts to avoid U.S. taxes; settles with IRS for $2.3 billion

2/26/2007 - American pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. for years held offshore accounts in Bermuda to hold patents for two of its drugs, and then used the royalties from these patents as tax deductions in the United States. On Wednesday, the company agreed to pay $2.3 billion to the Internal Revenue Service,...

Merck backs off national push for mandatory HPV vaccinations

2/22/2007 - Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. announced this week that it will no longer lobby state governments for mandatory vaccination of school-age girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) strains that cause cervical cancer. Previously, Merck had been lobbying legislators to require the administration...

Virginia law guaranteeing parents' medical rights routed by mandatory HPV vaccination

2/20/2007 - This month, health freedom advocates celebrated when both the House and Senate of the Virginia Legislature passed Abraham's Law (HB 2314 /SB 905), a parents' rights law named for cancer patient Abraham Cherrix. But critics are saying that the victory has been darkened by another bill; one that makes...

Medical tyranny in Texas turns teenage girls into HPV vaccination profit centers (opinion)

2/7/2007 - (NaturalNews / Opinion) This is an important health freedom update from Mike Adams. If you believe in your health freedom, and you believe that forced vaccinations of children have gone too far, then you need to know the real story about what's happening in Texas right now. On Friday, Feb. 2, Texas...

Merck to "pirate" Traditional Chinese Medicine compounds to develop new drugs, warns consumer health advocate

12/12/2006 - German pharmaceutical giant Merck announced last week that it would collaborate with a Chinese pharmaceutical company to develop new cancer drugs based on traditional Chinese herbs and botanical medicines. Hong Kong-based Chi-Med -- a pharmaceutical firm that develops consumer health products from...

Thailand issues license to manufacture generic version of Efavirenz; snubs Merck AIDS drug monopoly

12/4/2006 - Thailand announced last week that because of rising prices of foreign-made HIV/AIDS drugs, it would issue a five-year license to manufacture an inexpensive generic version of Merck & Co.'s Efavirenz drug. Though Merck -- which holds the patent on Efavirenz -- criticized the military Thai government's...

Merck's Vioxx replacement drug found to cause cardiovascular complications

11/14/2006 - A safety study of Merck's latest Cox-2 drug Arcoxia -- meant to replace the painkiller Vioxx -- found that it poses the same heart risks as an older arthritis medication, which experts say could hinder its FDA approval. The Arcoxia study -- presented at yesterday's meeting of the American Heart Association...

Merck denied blood pressure screening services to doctors that did not prescribe its brand-name drugs

10/2/2006 - The UK branch of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. was recently suspended from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) after "serious breaches" were discovered in its ethical conduct. Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd (MSD) recently engaged in a campaign to promote its prescription blood...

Jury finds Merck negligent in Vioxx trial, awards $50 million to retired FBI agent

8/17/2006 - A New Orleans jury deciding a case brought against Vioxx maker Merck & Co. by a heart attack victim says the pharmaceutical firm should pay the plaintiff $50 million in compensatory damages. Gerald Barnett, a 62-year-old retired FBI agent, took Vioxx for 31 months before he suffered a heart attack...

Fosamax Dangers: More Trouble for Merck (press release)

8/2/2006 - Fosamax, the popular osteoporosis drug made by Merck, has now been linked to a condition called osteonecrosis according to findings published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This rare disease causes a patient’s jawbone to rot and die. Merck also makes Vioxx, which was pulled off the...

FDA, Merck may have conspired to discredit whistleblower, says U.S. Senator

7/21/2006 - Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the inspector general at the Health and Human Services Department to investigate whether the FDA conspired with drug maker Merck to discredit the safety findings of FDA drug safety official Dr. David Graham. In a letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson,...

Merck litigation strategy - destroy expert witnesses

7/17/2006 - Former Vioxx users could be at risk of developing strokes for years, a prominent scientist said this week after evaluating new data from a 107-page report on patients who were followed for a year after they stopped the drug "It may be that Vioxx is causing permanent damage to the cardiovascular system,...

Merck hid negative trial results from FDA, reveals former Merck research scientist in Vioxx trial

6/29/2006 - -- The former head of Merck & Co.'s research labs testified in a California Vioxx trial that the drug company failed to inform the FDA of two studies showing that Vioxx users were more likely to die than patients given a placebo. Dr. Edward Scolnick testified in a videotaped deposition that he did...

Silencing public health advocates: Outspoken Vioxx critic loses job after testimony against Merck in federal trial

3/29/2006 - There's something fishy going on at the Cleveland Clinic. In a surprising move in December 2005, the prestigious clinic removed Dr. Eric Topol, a well-known cardiologist and vocal critic of Merck's prescription Vioxx arthritis medication, from his position as chief academic officer at the hospital's...

New England Journal of Medicine accuses Merck of deleting important Vioxx information from study

2/15/2006 - As if things weren't bad enough for pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co., the picture just got a little grimmer. Already facing tremendous heat and a long line of lawsuits over Vioxx -- its arthritis medication that was pulled off the market in September 2004 after it was determined to increase heart...

Big Pharma and profit priorities: why business ethics never trickle up

10/19/2005 - One of the things I've observed while doing public speaking, being a part of business councils and interacting with a lot of well-connected people in society, is that many people work with the pharmaceutical company known as Merck. Merck seems to be everywhere, with drug reps, consultants, marketing...

The great thimerosal cover-up: Mercury, vaccines, autism and your child's health

9/22/2005 - You have probably seen your nurse insert a syringe into a large vial, extract some liquid, and then leave a substantial amount of vaccine in the original container. If you've witnessed this seemingly benign procedure, you've seen how vaccine manufacturers are saving money at the expense of public health....

Merck loses Vioxx lawsuit: jury awards $253.4 million to widow

8/19/2005 - It's simultaneously a milestone for consumer advocacy and a major setback for Big Pharma: a Texas jury has found Merck & Co. liable for the death of a Vioxx patient, and it has awarded the widow $253.4 million in damages. The 10-2 jury vote sends a powerful message to drug companies around the globe:...

Leaked documents show Merck knew of Vioxx dangers, yet hid them for years

8/6/2005 - "What are the long-term benefits of your being able to bring value to the relationship with our customers?" Merck asked sales trainees in a PowerPoint slide captioned "The Payoff." "Bonus," appeared on the next slide, showing a sales representative holding a glowing bag of money. This is from a company...

Drug companies discredit negative studies and blacklist honest researchers

5/17/2005 - Just when I thought I was done criticizing Merck, new evidence surfaces that gives us another reason to discuss some of the outrageous behavior by this pharmaceutical company. The latest news concerns Merck's attempts to suppress and discredit a study linking Vioxx with heart attacks. This comes out...

PYY3-36 appetite control nasal spray may be effective, yet still misused by consumers

4/17/2005 - Every once in a while, a prescription drug comes along that has the potential to actually help people. In this article, I will be discussing the PYY3-36 Appetite Control Nasal Spray made by a company called Nastech. This is an upcoming prescription drug product still in Phase II testing that could someday...

Merck now under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for Vioxx scandal

1/1/2005 - Pharmaceutical giant Merck is now under scrutiny by the Justice Department, which has begun a criminal investigation into the firm’s marketing of the painkiller Vioxx (withdrawn from the market on September 30, 2004). Since that time, the Vioxx scandal has expanded thanks in part to the publication...

Merck now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for possibly misleading investors

12/27/2004 - Merck, already under fire for its Vioxx scandal and now undergoing criminal investigation by the Justice Department, is now also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The SEC is wondering whether Merck misled investors by failing to disclose facts concerning the harmful...

Reputation of the FDA in shambles after Vioxx scandal; calls for wholesale FDA reform gain momentum

11/6/2004 - "...the agency’s senior management is more concerned with external appearance than rigorous science." -- Dr. Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet The reputation of both the FDA and Merck lies in shambles today after evidence continues to surface that shows the FDA knowingly approved, promoted and refused...

Merck caught in scandal to bury Vioxx heart attack risks, intimidate scientists and keep pushing dangerous drugs; Vioxx lawsuits now forming

11/6/2004 - The truth has finally come out about Vioxx: insider emails published by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Merck, the maker of Vioxx, was fully aware of the health risks of its COX-2 inhibitor anti-inflammatory drug as early as March, 2000. As is apparent from the published emails, there was a concerted...

Vioxx disaster shows health hazards of prescription drugs, failure of FDA to protect the public

10/4/2004 - There is a new national uproar over a prescription drug, Vioxx, which has been an extremely popular anti-inflammatory drug manufactured and marketed by Merck. Vioxx was recently pulled from the market by Merck after studies revealed the drug increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the...

New cholesterol guidelines a handout to pharmaceutical companies Merck, Pfizer

7/14/2004 - There's little doubt that the new cholesterol guidelines are a major handout to pharmaceutical companies (like Merck and Pfizer) who manufacture statin drugs. In my view, this is part of the reason the guidelines were put in place: to sell more prescription drugs. What's my evidence on that? It's more...

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